July 13, 2020
Actress Naya Rivera, known for playing fan-favorite character Santana Lopez on the hit musical comedy Glee, has been confirmed dead after she went missing while boating on Lake Piru [PY-roo] in California last Wednesday. She was 33.
Concluding a nearly week-long search, the Ventura County Sheriff’s department announced her body was recovered from the lake on Monday morning.
The sad discovery also comes on the seventh anniversary of the death of Rivera’s former Glee co-star, Corey Monteith, who died of an accidental drug overdose on July 13, 2013 at age 31. Rivera disappeared Wednesday afternoon, July 8 after renting a boat and taking her four-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, out on the lake, located just north of Los Angeles. Later that day, boaters came across her young son floating alone on the vessel, which prompted an extensive search-and-rescue effort.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department personnel scoured the lake for the actress until Wednesday night, then resumed the search the next day. As the hours ticked by, officials announced their efforts had officially transitioned from search and rescue to search and recovery.
Josey was wearing a life vest when he was discovered alone on the boat. An adult life vest was also found in the craft. The child told officials he’d gone swimming with his mother but returned to the boat while his mother remained in the water.